Monthly Archives: January 2012

Minced Beef with Tomatoes and Fusilli

With work and family commitments, finding the time to cook a delicious and hearty meal can be difficult. With so much to prepare, cookware to be cleaned and ingredients to buy, many will simply stick to the easy options. However, so many people are unaware of the options available to them. This is the perfect one pan meal that will suit the whole family.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1 red pepper, de–seeded and chopped into small dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 750g (1 ½ pounds) fine minced beef
  • 2 x 400g cans plum tomatoes, chopped with their juice
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 1 rounded teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 rounded teaspoons dried parsley
  • 375ml (1 ½ cups) hot brown stock
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 225g (2 ¼ cups) easy cook dried fusilli pasta


Heat the oil in the stir–fry pan over a medium setting. Add the onion, red pepper and garlic, cook for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Raise the heat a little and add the minced beef. Fry briskly until the meat is evenly browned. Drain off any excess fat.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes with their juice, the tomato purée, dried herbs and 250ml (1 cup) of the stock. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with the lid, reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.

Stir in the fusilli with the remaining 125ml (1/2 cup) of hot stock. Cover and cook for 8 – 10 minutes or until the fusilli is “al dente”. Stir once during this time to ensure the fusilli cooks evenly.

Serve with a mixed leaf salad and some hunks of crusty wholemeal bread. A little freshly grated parmesan can be sprinkled over the top of each portion.

Baguio Treats

My elder son just got home from a four-day vacation from Baguio and as always there are lots of take home treats for us. He and his friends took advantage of the long week-ends and headed to the summer capital.

Here we have strawberry jam – being one of the main products of the province. Then the ube jam, peanut brittle, cookies of different colors with the same flavor, chocolate chips cereal, and the famous ‘sundot-kulangot‘ a native sweet delicacy packed in miniature coconut like shell. I’m curious with this one as ages when I last tasted it, I was still small girl then and only had a tint of memory of its taste. Just quite disappointed that it didn’t live up to my expectation. From what my memory served me, I thought it was like a coco jam inside. Oh well…and speaking of coco jam, he forgot to bring one, sad, as it is my favorite sandwich filling.

Anyway, the small and big guys in the family gobbled it up, the cookies, choco cereals and peanut brittle are almost half now.  I still have to taste the strawberry and ube jam, have not opened yet the package or they will be gone in a minute.. lol..

Triple Delight

I’ve got two cakes during my birthday last Christmas, the first one is the Black Forest which is a regular on our table in every occasion and the second cake was the Triple Delight, a gift from my son’s girlfriend –  all from Goldilocks which is a welcome treat coz it’s been a while since I had one.

Triple Delight consists of ‘Layers of chocolate, vanilla and mocha chiffon cake filed with luscious chocolate frosting and vanilla cream icing. The whole cake is iced with chocolate cream icing and adorned with festive chocolate decors’.

It’s like eating 3 cakes in one. Just look at the face of my little boy 🙂 he just loved it!!!

disclosure:  We paid for this cake and was not compensated in any way.